Get a room! Group and quiet study in and beyond the Library

New and forthcoming: Learning CommonsLibrary Level 2 Learning Commons

  • The Learning Commons are informal working environments for independent and group study. They currently include Level 2 of the Library, 6WS and 6E2.8.
  • More Learning Commons will open in 2017 (Norwood House, Manvers Street). These are non-bookable spaces. The Library is of course open 24/7, although the other Learning Commons will have different opening hours e.g. 6WS is open 8.15am-7.15pm.

Extra quiet study spaces on campus

  • You may have spotted that two teaching rooms have been made available on campus for additional student quiet study between 11:15 am and 2:05 pm  every working day. These are 8W2.30 (60 seater) and CB5.1 (80 seater).

Bookable group study & workstations on campus

In the Library 

Bookable group workrooms in the Library

The following rooms can be booked by students for up to two hours per week for group study using a sign up sheet on the door:

  • A group workroom with projector and whiteboard near the front of level 4, on the East side
  • A small group study room with whiteboard on Level 1, next to the Library’s PC training room

Other areas for group work in the Library:

L3.16 group roomGroups can also work in the Level 2 Learning Commons, and there is a newly refurbished non-bookable group room with space for three groups of six in the North West corner of Level 2. This has new furniture and glass boards for notes and display.

On Level 3 there is a new group workroom (L3.16) on IMG_4544the East side of the floor. This was refurbished this Summer and has built in plasma screens and glass  boards. The images outside were selected from a photography competition in the department of Architecture & Civil engineering.

On Level 4 there is a larger, general group work area at the front of the floor.

Additional study areas in the Library

workroom1Most of the Library is designated quiet study, with silent study on Level 1 and Level 5. Level 2 is our Learning Commons, with space for refreshments in the Library foyer area

We have a postgraduate workroom on Level 5 with twelve individual PCs and swipe-card access.

In the last week or so we have also converted an old staff office into a reading room. It is room L3.12 and is adjacent to the North staircase at the back of Level 3.

We also have an Assistive Technologies room on Level 3 for students who have registered with the Disability Service. There are four PCs in this room with specialist software, furniture and equipment. For more information see Computing Service’s Assistive Technologies page.

What do you think of our study spaces?

seating and workstationsComment on this post to let us know which study spaces you prefer and which you would like to see more (or less!) of. If you would like to learn more about our study rooms, Computing Services support and how to book extra equipment see our Study areas web page.

Finally, remember we are more than just a physical space; you can also make the most of our online presence, explore our Library website and e-resources.

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